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Robbers, gunfire and groundhogs under the influence during Prohibition in Carroll County

It was March 30, 1923, and Carroll County, like the rest of the nation, was in the depths of Prohibition. Prohibition, known as the Volstead Act, did not go into effect throughout the nation until Jan. 20, 1920. But Carroll Countians had voted to outlaw the sale of alcohol in the county six years earlier, in 1914, according to research by historian Jay Graybeal for the Historical Society of Carroll County. Prohibition remained the law of the land until the passage of the 21st Amendment on Dec. 5, 1933. But until then, in Carroll County, Graybeal reports, "production at local distilleries continued even after Prohibition began. ... These rural distilleries became tempting targets for...